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De Pere Police provide update on East River Trail assault investigation

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Posted at 12:31 PM, Oct 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-13 14:17:58-04

DE PERE (NBC 26) — The De Pere Police Department released the following update Wednesday afternoon regarding the investigation into the East River Rail assault:

At 11:27 a.m. Oct. 5, De Pere Police were dispatched to the East River Trail near Tenmile Drive in De Pere for a missing adult woman. Upon arrival, officers were able to locate the woman near the trail. The woman was a victim of an assault and she was transported to a local hospital. The victim is out of the hospital and recovering with family.

De Pere Police say the incident continues to be a priority for the department as they conduct a thorough investigation.

"This is a complex case requiring time, and we continue to work with the crime lab to process evidence," police say in the news release. "Our focus is on confirming the identity of the perpetrator."

De Pere Police are requesting people respect the victim's privacy.

"The actions displayed by the victim during the assault were nothing short of courageous and our thoughts remain with her and her family," police say in the news release. "De Pere continues to be a safe community, and we have focused all of our resources toward solving this incident. We hope to have additional information available for release in a few days."